Adjustable length simulated knotted necktie combination Patent #: 4173792
ApplicationNo. 364470 filed on 12/27/1994
US Classes:2/152.1, Form2/144, Neckties2/148Knot structure
ExaminersPrimary: Crowder, C. D.
Assistant: Hale, Gloria M.
Attorney, Agent or Firm
Foreign Patent References
International ClassA41D 025/08
Foreign Application Priority Data1993-12-24 KR
BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION
1. Field of the Invention
The present invention relates to a necktie, which simplifies the forming of the knot by using a knot-forming core made of synthetic resin or other material, and which enables maintaining of the knot once it is formed, which facilitates putting on and taking off of the necktie by applying one of the attaching means suggested below, and which enables disassembling and reassembling of the knot when washing or ironing is needed.
2. Description of the Prior Art
As for the traditional necktie, the user must surround the narrow part of the necktie-panel around the neck under the collar of the shirt or blouse each time he or she wants to put it on. Therefore the process of putting on and taking off the necktie is inconvenient and takes a significant amount of time. Moreover, the user has to tighten the necktie in order to exhibit a good appearance, which inevitably results in compression of the user's neck, and possibly causes impediments in blood circulation or breathing.
In efforts to overcome the above problems of the traditional necktie, neckties with ready-made knots have been proposed such as those Korean Utility Model Application Nos. 85-572, 86-13318, 86-686, 87-13436, 88-10198, and 88-14811. However, these neckties with ready-made knots are not practical nor convenient to put on, and the ready-made knots cannot be easily disassembled, whereby washing and ironing of it becomes almost impossible.
SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION
The object of the present invention is to provide a necktie with a knot-forming core (hereinafter referred to simply as a core), in which all of the above-noted problems can be solved.
The necktie of the present invention is composed of a necktie-body made of cloth and a knot-forming core made of synthetic resin or other material. Merely by assembling the above two parts, the user can easily form the knot and thus form the Y-shaped necktie which has a necktie-panel, a knot, and a pair of arms for attaching the necktie to a shirt or a blouse. As the knot is so made that the knot-shape can be maintained once it is made, the user can put on and take off the necktie very conveniently simply by applying some of the following attaching means. The knot is also so made that it can be easily disassembled and reassembled when washing and ironing is needed. Therefore, the method of forming the knot is the essential part of this invention.
As for the attaching means of the present invention, there is provided three types of preferred embodiments as useful examples: a basic-type, a band-type, and a string-type.
BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS
Various other objects, features and attendant advantages of the present invention will be more fully appreciated as the same becomes better understood from the following detailed description when considered in connection with the accompanying drawings in which like reference characters designate like or corresponding parts throughout the several views and wherein:
FIG. 1 is a front view of the necktie-body;
FIG. 2 is a perspective view of the knot-forming core made of synthetic resin or other material;
FIGS. 3-A to 3-D are rear views of the necktie-body, showing the process for forming the knot using the core;
FIG. 4 is a front view of the completed Y-shaped necktie, which has a necktie-panel, a knot, and a pair of arms for attaching;
FIG. 5 is a sectional view of the core, as shown when the knot is formed.
FIG. 6 is a sectional view of another type of core which has a locking-slot in a projection thereof and a cover (i.e. projection-cover) with a locking-pin hinged on an outer end of its projection;
FIG. 7 is a sectional view of still another type of the core which has a U-shaped pressstud;
FIGS. 8-A to 8-E rear views of another type of the necktie-body which has an additional back-panel, showing the process for forming the knot;
FIGS. 9-A to 9-E are the rear views of still another type of the necktie-body which has an additional back-panel, showing the process for forming the knot;
FIG. 10 is a perspective view of the necktie-band for the band-type;
FIG. 11 is a partial front view of the completed necktie for the band-type;
FIG. 12 is a partial rear view of the necktie-body for the string-type;
FIG. 13 is a sectional view of the core for the string-type;
FIG. 14 is a sectional view of the core for the string-type, taken along line 14--14 of the FIG. 13;
FIG. 15 is a sectional view of the core for the string-type, showing the state when the projection is pressed;
FIG. 16 is a sectional view of the core for the string-type, showing the state when the projection is released;
DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENTS
As described above, the Y-shaped necktie is formed merely by assembling the necktie-body made of cloth and the knot-forming core made of synthetic resin or other material. After forming the Y-shaped necktie, the user may put on and take off the necktie simply by using one type of attaching means or another. Here, three types of preferred embodiments (basic-type, band-type, and string-type) classified according to the attaching means are suggested and will be separately described as follows.
1. Forming and Wearing of Basic-Type Necktie (1st Embodiment)
The basic type necktie composed of a necktie-body N and a core C is produced as follows. As shown in FIG. 1, the necktie-body N comprises three components; a necktie-panel 1, a knot-cloth 2, and a pair of necktie-arms 3. The necktie-panel 1 has a shape such as results when one cuts off a traditional necktie at a position spaced about 3 cm above the desired knot-forming position. The necktie-panel has a combining hole la at its top 1b (i.e. narrower part) for combining the necktie-body and the core and has a bottom 1c.
The knot-cloth 2 is a rectangular piece of cloth having a predetermined width and a length corresponding to the size of the desired knot. The knot-cloth has a pair of combining holes 2a,2a in each of its lower corners. The knot-cloth 2 is to be sewed to the necktie-panel 1 at the desired knot-forming position, crossing with the necktie-panel at the right angle.
A pair of necktie-arms 3 is to be sewed to each of the upper corners of the knot-cloth 2. On the free end of each of the necktie-arms 3 is attached an attaching tool 3a such as a VELCRO hook and loop fastener, hooks, pressstuds, or magnetic snap-fastener.
As shown in FIGS. 2, 5, 6, 7, the knot-forming core C has two elements, the core-body 4 having the same shape and size as the desired knot, and the projected part on a back portion thereof for combining the necktie-body and the core (hereinafter the projected part is referred to as the combining projection or the simply the projection). Both elements are integrally made of synthetic resin or other hard material in one molding.
The combining projection is to be made, such that the inner part thereof (where it attaches the core-body) has a small diameter while the outer part thereof has a larger diameter or a larger diameter disc, in order to prevent the combining holes 1a,2a,2a, of the necktie-body N from drifting away from the projection after they have been combined with the core, thereby achieving a more stable combination of the necktie body and, the core.
After production of both the necktie-body N and the core C, the combining process of the two is as shown in FIGS. 3-A to 3-D, namely: first the core is placed on the rear side of the necktie-body at the knot-forming position with the projection upright (FIG. 3-A), then the two combining holes 2a,2a of the knot-cloth 2 are to be fitted around the projection 5 of the core C (FIGS. 3-B, 3-C), and then the combining hole (la) of the necktie-panel 1 is fitted around the projection 5 of the core C (FIG. 3-D).
Having finished the above process of combining the three holes around the projection, the necktie-knot is completed, and the user can have a Y-shaped necktie having a necktie-panel, a triangular knot K, and a pair of necktie-arms 3 at each of the two top corners of the knot (FIG. 4).
If the combining projection has a locking slot 5e and a cover 5c (hereinafter referred to as the projection-cover) which has a larger diameter than the projection and which has a counterpart locking-pin 5d to be snapped into the locking pin 5e as shown in FIG. 6, the user can tighten the necktie-body and the core by snapping the pin 5d and the slot 5e together after fitting the combining holes la,2a,2a of the necktie-body around the projection of the core 5.
On the other hand, if the rear end of the projection 5 of the core C is made of a U-shaped pressstud as shown in FIG. 7, the user can put on the Y-shaped necktie simply by fastening the U-shaped pressstud to the counterpart inverted T-shaped pressstud L' which is attached to the top button-hole place of the shirt- or blouse- lapel L.
The Y-shaped necktie whose knot K is formed as described above is very easily put on or taken off, simply by attaching or unattaching the attaching tools at each of the necktie-arms, such as VELCRO hook and loop fastener pressstuds, or a magnetic snap-fastener to or from the counterpart attaching tools attached on the cloth under the collar of the shirt or blouse. The user can also tighten or loosen the necktie simply by choosing the attaching position of the above-noted attaching tools.
For those who prefer to have a traditional style necktie which has an additional narrower back-panel when the knot is formed, the Y-shaped necktie can also be furnished with an additional back-panel lr. The narrower back-panel lr can be attached to the rear side of the necktie-panel 1 as shown in FIG. 8, or it can be separately prepared as shown in FIG. 9. When a separate back-panel is used, it must have a combining hole lra at the top of it, and the user must position the hole lra of the back panel around the projection of the core before positioning the holes 2a,2a,1a of the knot-cloth and the necktie-panel as shown in FIGS. 9-A to 9-E.
2. Forming and Wearing of Band-Type Necktie (2nd Embodiment)
This embodiment is the one which enables the user to put on the above-mentioned Y-shaped necktie by using a band.
Here, the process of forming the Y-shaped necktie by assembling the necktie-body N' and the core C is the same as in the basic-type. The only difference in the necktie-body N' in this embodiment is that at the free edge of one of the two necktie-arms 3 is located a hole 3b for connecting the band (hereinafter the hole is referred to as a connecting hole) as shown in FIG. 11.
As shown in FIG. 10, the band-B is so made that at the middle of band-body 6 is inserted a length-adjusting buckle 6awhich has two rings, and to which is fixed one end of the band-body 6. On the band-body between the length-adjusting buckle and the above-mentioned end of the band-body is inserted a connecting hole 3b located at the edge of one of the necktie-arms 3. At the other end of the band-body is attached attaching tools 6b such as a VELCRO hook and loop fastener, hooks, or pressstuds. The band is so made that the user can adjust the length thereof according to his or her neck size simply by changing the position of the length-adjusting buckle 6a on the band-body, and can maintain the adjusted length once the length is adjusted.
The process of putting on the necktie with the band is as shown in FIG. 11. The user must first adjust the length of the band by manipulating the position of the length-adjusting buckle 6a, then connect the connecting hook 6c of the band to the connecting hole 3b in one of the necktie-arm 3, and then surround the band around the user's neck under the collar of the shirt or the blouse, followed by attaching the attaching tools attached at the other end of the band to the counterpart attaching tools attached at the other necktie-arm. The user can also tighten or loosen the necktie simply by changing the attaching position of attaching tools.
3. Forming and Wearing of String-Type Necktie (3rd Embodiment)
This embodiment enables the user to put on the above-mentioned Y-shaped necktie by using a string instead of the above-mentioned attaching tools such as VELCRO hook and loop fasteners.
Here, the process of forming the Y-shaped necktie by assembling the necktie-body N" and the core C" is almost the same as in the basic-type. The difference in the necktie-body N of this embodiment is that each of the two necktie-arms here has a string-passageway 3c,3c, respectively, namely, hole-shaped tube through which each end of the string is to penetrate from top to bottom of the respective necktie-arm as shown in FIG. 12.
The knot-forming core C" of this embodiment is much different from that in the basic-type as shown in FIGS. 13 and 14. The core, too, must have two string-passageways 4a,4a which run from two places on the top to one common place at the bottom, in order for the two ends of the string to penetrate through and converge at the common bottom of the core. It must also have an inner cavity 4b in the interior of the core-body where a slider 8 and a spring 7 is to be installed.
The slider in the inner cavity, too, must have two string-passageways 8a,8a which run from top to bottom, in order for the two ends of the string to penetrate therethrough. Here, the combining projection 5 at the rear side of the core is not molded at the back of the core-body as in the basic-type but is integrally molded at the rear side of the slider, and is separated from the back surface of the core-body by a slight interval in order for the projection to be movable forward and backward together with the slider. A spring or other elastic material is to be installed in front of the slider, so that the slider can slide forward or backward in the inner cavity by means of the elasticity of the spring according as the combining projection is pressed or released.
After the slider and the spring have been properly installed, the inner cavity must be shielded with a cover 4c (hereinafter, the cover for inner cavity is referred to as the cavity-cover).
The core C" of this embodiment described above operates as follows. When the user presses the projection 5 at the rear of the core C", the slider 8 moves forward compressing the spring 7, and the two string-ways 8a,8a of the slider become aligned with the respective counterpart string-passageways 4a,4a of the core-body 4, thereby enabling the strings in the string-ways to move upward or downward. When the user releases the projection 5 at the rear of the core C", the slider 8 moves backward by the restoring force of the spring 7 and the two string-ways 8a,8a of the slider become misaligned with the respective string-ways 4a,4a of the core-body 4, thereby fixing the strings at their present position.
In this embodiment also the method of forming the Y-shaped necktie with the necktie-body N" and the core C" is almost the same as in the basic-type as shown in FIGS. 3-A to 3-D. The only difference is that, before combining the necktie-body and the core, the user must insert each end of string S into the respective string-passageways 3c,3c of the necktie-arms from top to bottom, then into the respective string-passageways 4a,4a of the upper part of the core-body 4, then into the respective string-passageways 8a,8a of the slider (here the user needs to press the projection of the core to align the string-passageways), and then into the respective string-passageways 4a,4a of the lower part of the core-body 4, until both ends of the string S penetrate out of the bottom of the core-body 4. When both ends of the string have been taken out of the bottom of the core, the string forms a tie-loop.
The procedure for putting and taking off the above Y-shaped necktie is as follows. By pressing the projection 5 of the core C", the user can loosen the tie-loop, then the user can hang the string around the collar of the shirt or blouse. In this state, the user can tighten or loosen the tie-loop simply by holding both ends of the string in one hand and pulling up and down of the core with the other hand while pressing the projection of the core. In order to take off the necktie, the user can loosen the tie-loop and take it off from under the collar of the shirt or blouse.
The main merit of the necktie of the present invention is that the user can form the knot very easily merely by assembling the necktie-body made of cloth and the core made of synthetic resin. Another merit is that, as the knot-shape is maintainable once it is formed, the user can put on or take off the necktie very conveniently simply by using attaching tools (such as VELCRO hook and loop fastener attached both at the necktie-arms and under the collar of the shirt or clothing) or a band or string. Still another merit is that the user can disassemble or reassemble the knot when washing and ironing is needed.
The necktie of the present invention exhibits a nice appearance without compressing the user's neck, and therefore causes no discomfort around the neck such as poor blood circulation or problems with breathing. In addition, the necktie of this invention is economical in that it uses about half the amount of fabric which is used in making a traditional necktie. Furthermore, contrary to traditional neckties which are sometimes used in such criminal acts as strangling or tying of the wrists or ankles, the necktie of this invention is safe from such criminal actions.
Obviously, numerous modifications and variations of the present invention are possible in light of the above teachings. It is therefore to be understood that within the scope of the appended claims, the invention may be practiced otherwise than as specifically described herein.
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